§ 25. Mr. B. SMITH
asked the Minister of Transport whether any steps have been taken to proceed with the Hampton Court bridge scheme, in view of the fact that limitations are at present placed upon traffic crossing this bridge; and whether he will state the cause of the delay in the reconstruction of this bridge, having regard to the fact that such limitations have been in force since 1924, it being then understood that arrangements would be put in hand for the improvement, or reconstruction of the bridge, and that a new order for limitation for a further three years from 1927 has been applied for?
§ Colonel ASHLEY
The delay has been caused by the protracted negotiations which have been necessary between the councils concerned and other interests affected. Several schemes have been investigated, and I am hopeful that agreement will be reached at an early date, so that a Bill to confer the necessary powers for the construction of a new bridge may be promoted by the councils in the 1928 Session.